Indiana's Department of Education has awarded a $2.6 million grant to the Indiana University Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering to expand a program that prepares underrepresented minority and economically disadvantaged high school students for IT careers, the Indianapolis Star reports.
The Informatics Diversity-Enhanced Workforce (iDEW) program has been running at eight area high schools since 2015, and the grant will allow it to expand to middle and elementary schools in Indianapolis.
The iDEW program has served more than 2,500 central Indiana high school students, many of whom have gone on to pursue a college degree, and more than 500 STEM teachers in Indiana have been trained on the program.
" employers have identified a gap between this demand and the supply of young people prepared to enter the IT/STEM workforce, and Indiana is no exception," MathewPalakal, senior executive associate dean of Luddy IUPUI and iDEW's director, says in a press release.
"We can successfully address the gap and continue to do so."
According to the release, IT is projected to grow 12%, the fastest among all occupations, and is expected to add 488,500 new jobs by 2024.
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